CAGRD is required by law to submit a plan of operation for approval by the Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) every ten years. The latest CAGRD Plan of Operation (Plan) covering the period from 2015 through 2024 was submitted to the Director on December 29, 2014, after being developed over the period from April 2013 through December 2014. The development process included numerous CAWCD Board meetings, stakeholder working group meetings and workshops. After ADWR review, public review and public hearings, the Director determined on August 5, 2015 that the Plan, as submitted, is consistent with achieving the management goals of the Phoenix, Pinal and Tucson Active Management Areas. Therefore, no revisions to the submitted draft were required.
The Plan describes the activities that CAGRD proposes to undertake in the Phoenix, Pinal and Tucson Active Management Areas ("AMAs") over the next 100 years to meet its replenishment obligations for existing and new members.
The 2015 Plan includes the following:
- An estimate of the projected groundwater replenishment obligation for 100 years following submission of the Plan for current members and members projected to enroll through 2024.
- A description of the water resources that CAGRD plans to use to meet its obligations during the 20 years following submission of the Plan and a description of the water resources potentially available to CAGRD during the subsequent 80 years.
- A description of the facilities and projects to be used for replenishment and the replenishment capacity available to CAGRD during the 20 calendar years following submission of the Plan.